Yavuz, the rebel frigate

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On September 8, 1994 came to Barcelona courtesy visit a naval grouping of NATO, these ships were moored between the pier San Beltran and pier Barcelona Sur, were the frigates HMS Brilliant F-90, HNLMS De Ruyter F-806, F-452 HS Hydra, ESPS Numancia F-83, F-HNLMS Piet Heyn 811, F-912 BNS Wandelaar TGC Yavuz and F-240.

The protagonist boat of this article frigate TGC Yavuz F-240 was embroiled in a war of information and disinformation during the attempted coup in Turkey between 15 and 16 July 2016, which today still do not it has been cleared up.

TGC Yavuz F-240
TGC Yavuz F-240 (Antoni image Casinos)

This frigate belongs to MEKO 200 class modular building these ships are one of the most successful series of current war ships offered by the German shipyard Blohm + Voss. This MEKO 200 model (Mehrzweck-Kombination combination or multipurpose) currently serves up to six nations:

– Australia, MEKO 200 or Anzac class with 8 units 
– Algeria, MEKO A-200 AN or class Radii, with 4 units 
– Greece, MEKO 200HN or Hydra class, with 4 units 
– New Zealand, MEKO 200 or Anzac class 2 units 
– Portugal, MEKO 200PN or class Vasco da Gama 3 units 
– South Africa, MEKO A-200 SAN or Valor class with 4 units 
– Turkey, MEKO 200TN, -IIA and -IIB or Yavuz / Barbaros classes with 8 units

NRP Vasco da Gama F-330 (upper) and SAS Amatola F-145 (bottom), two examples of the type MEKO

Frigate TGC Yavuz F-240 based Gölcük, named in honor of Selim I or also known as Yavuz Sultan Selim (1470-1520), who showed the position of the ninth Sultan Ottoman. 
It is also the second ship to bear this name, the first was a battlecruiser of the Moltke class, specifically the former German SMS Goeben, which was transferred to Turkey on August 16, 1914. Transfer nothing casual, because she helped the Turks put the German side in the war by blocking the passage of the Bosporus to Russian warships.

Battlecruiser Yavuz, former SMS Goeben

This second Yavuz was built in German shipyards Blohm + Voss in Hamburg, being launched on 7 November 1985 and discharged on 17 July 1987.

Displaces 3,030 tons full load, and its dimensions are 110.5 meters long by 13.25 meters wide and 3.94 meters deep. 
Propulsion system uses CODAD through four MTU 20V 1163 diesel engines of 40,000 hp. two axes, its maximum speed is 27 knots, and autonomy of 4,000 nautical miles at 20 knots. Equipment, 180 crew.

CIWS Sea Guard

Its armament is next, artillery 1 127/54 mm cannon. Bow, Oerlikon Contraves 3 sets CIWS Sea Guard 25 mm. one in front of the bridge and two aft to the sides of the hangar; missiles 1 eightfold launcher on the hangar Sea Sparrow anti – aircraft missiles, Mk 2 quadruple launchers. 141 for anti – ship missiles RGM-84 Harpoon; Mk 2 triple torpedo tubes. 32 324 mm. for antisubmarine torpedoes. 
It has flight deck and hangar aft to operate with a Bell Augusta-AB-212 ASW helicopter.

As electronic embarks radar aerial outdoor surface AWS-6 and air discovered HSA DA-08, a radar navigation TM-1126 two radar fire control HSA STIR 24 and WM-25, address Siemens Albis optronic shooting; hull sonar SQS-56; Rapid electronic warfare equipment / Ramses, pitcher lures SRBOC and acoustic torpedo countermeasure SLQ-25 NIXIE.

Bell Augusta helicopter ASW-AB-212 (Antoni image Casinos)

On the night of 15 to 16 July 2016, part of the Turkish army were mobilized taking the cities of Ankara and Istanbul, with some incidents in other cities. The intent of this attempted coup was to overthrow the current president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the government of Prime Minister Yildirim Binail.

In Ankara while taking various official buildings shootouts between police and the military rebels were recorded; Istanbul, the Bosphorus Bridge and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge connecting Asia with Europe closed.

Official visit of Turkish delegationPresident Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was vacationing in the resort of Marmaris, upon learning of the seriousness of the situation attempted to address the capital by plane, but the incidents at the airport Atatürk advised against landing and the plane Erdogan could not land and was forced to stay in the air, from where it would approach the media and specifically the citizens to take to the streets and help him regain control of the country.

At dawn the military rebels opened fire with tanks and helicopters against the building of the National Assembly in Istanbul and occupied the offices of the “CNN Turk”, the newspaper “Hurriyet Daily News” and the headquarters of “Türksat”.

As the evening progressed and dawn approached, the rebel troops were given well aware that the country did not control or could claim to that goal and many of them or withdrew or surrendered to law enforcement authorities. As could secure the airport Atatürk Erdogan’s plane landed immediately and he practically failed attempted coup.


In these frantic hours different media, including social networks except Turkey were blocked, attempting to report on what was happening inside the country. 
Being almost impossible to confirm some of the news that were transmitting a cloud of information and misinformation created or as they say today , “fake news”.

Part of that misinformation included regarding the Turkish Armed Forces and the Navy, where the “The Times” by journalist Hannah Lucinda Smith in an article of July 19, 2016, half announced the disappearance of a dozen warships taken by the rebels also said that possibly the admiral of the fleet, Veysel Kösele, he was held against his will and / or could be part of the coup.

Other newspapers like “ The Daily Mail ” or “ The Daily Beast ” echoed the news were made, and even went a little further, extending the information that escapees ships were 14, who had left their patrol areas and also that they were missing from the Aegean Sea and the Black Sea.

In the meantime the Turkish Government denied any information of this kind on its warships, and only confirmed for the moment, the disappearance of a warship frigate F-240 TGC Yavuz.

Golcuk Naval Base (image via Google Maps)

A few days specifically on July 26, 2017 through the Austrian newspaper “ Kronen Zeitung “, explained that apparently both the commander and the deputy commander of the Yavuz frigate were part of the group of military rebels and kept retained in the boat Admiral Veysel Kösele, sailed from its base in Gölcük. Apparently the rebels tried to leave the base but marine commandos prevented it.

Maritime traffic from the Black Sea towards the Mediterranean Sea course through the Aegean Sea, is one of the busiest in the world and not only that, opposite the Turkish waters are Greek. Greece and Turkey are mutually monitoring every move they make, and the question is why nobody saw not a single rebel Turkish war ship from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea?

Patrullero 80 similar to the type TVSG-96

On date of July 29, 2016 the Turkish Government through the newspaper “ Hürryet Daily News ” made available to the public a report on the number and type of military units involved in the coup, as well as has fired. In this specifies that vessels were used by rebel 3, the frigate Yavuz, the guard TVSG-96 type or series 80 and a boat but has not yet been able to identify.

With the situation in the country and normalized, the frigate F-240 TGC Yavuz, still active today.